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Originally published in 1994. In The Improvement of the Estate, Alistair Duckworth contends that understanding Mansfield Park is fundamental to appreciating Jane Austen's body of work. Professor Duckworth understands Mansfield Park as underscoring the central uniting theme in Austen's work—her concept of the "estate" and its "improvement." The author illustrates Austen's connection to the values of Christian humanism, which she conveys through the uniting theme of estate improvement. According to Duckworth, the estate represents moral and social heritage, so the manner in which individuals seek to improve their estates in Jane Austen's novels represents the direction in which she saw the state and society moving. Finally, Duckworth underscores Austen's awareness of the importance of a society of individuals whose behavior is socially informed.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Mode of Citation
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  1. Preface to the Paperback Edition
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  1. Preface to the Hardcover Edition
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  1. Introduction: Some Critical and Literary Contexts
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Chapter 1. Mansfield Park: Jane Austen’s Grounds of Being
  2. pp. 35-80
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  1. Chapter 2. Aspects of Northanger Abby and Sense and Sensibility
  2. pp. 81-114
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  1. Chapter 3. Pride and Prejudice: The Reconstitution of Society
  2. pp. 115-143
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  1. Chapter 4. Emma and the Dangers of Individualism
  2. pp. 145-178
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  1. Chapter 5. Persuasion: The Estate Abandoned
  2. pp. 179-208
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  1. Postscript: Sanditon
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421432175
Related ISBN
9781421432168
MARC Record
OCLC
1128826563
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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